In southern Arizona yesterday it reached 90 degrees in Phoenix accompanied with a Haboob (that is just a fancy word for dust storm.) It looks like they are going in that area of Arizona from Winter, second highest temperature average for a winter in recorded history, directly to Summer. Luckily, here in Prescott at 5,100 feet in elevation it is cooler year-round compared to Phoenix and Tucson.
That being the case, Summer travel is probably on everyone’s plate and planning for vacations is probably being actively considered in your home. Where are you going this summer? Are you going to travel to a nearby U.S. National Park? I bet many of you are.
That is why I am really pushing myself to finish my latest non-fiction travel book, “Petrified Forest-Painted Desert, Land Frozen In Time.” The Petrified Forest National Park, including the Painted Desert, is not far away from where I live. It is located in the northeast corner of Arizona, near the Four Corners (Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah) and near the New Mexico border. It is a stark, mysterious, eerily quiet and desolate region of the U.S. that has a lush and verdant history where dinosaurs once roamed. It is dry with a tortured rough landscape that 200 million years ago was once covered in green vegetation, numerous wet-climate plant and animal species, and a network of rivers and streams. But no more, it is dry with dangerous summer heat and a sky that can explode in active thunderstorms.
I am finishing this travel book covering this National Park at a rapid pace. I should have it published and up for download from Kindle, Nook and Apple in a week or two. I will also put together a video that I shot along with all of the photography I produced for this new book.
There are 58 National Park in the National Park Service system. There is probably one near you or within a days’ drive of your location. Millions of people from around the worldvisit these parks each year. The beauty and fascination of visiting one of these parks will give you and your children memories to last a lifetime.
Think about visiting one of these parks this year. Put one of these treasures on this years’ bucket list of things to do.
I have included a Wikipedia link below for a list of these parks and their location. I have also listed the two websites where I will put direct links to purchase my new book, “Petrified Forest…”
Whatever you do have a fun and safe upcoming vacation season. Live a little, enjoy life and your environment. This life we are now living is not a dress rehearsal. It’s the real deal, make the most of it. bye for now.